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Ojai Library Presents: Check Me Out, the Human Library

What is a Human Library?

It is a unique experience, an opportunity to explore a subject, a book and its author.

Saturday April 28th from 1pm until 3pm Ojai Library's first ever Human Library will be available for 30 minute loan.

Choose a subject, check out the Human Book and turn its pages.

For more information click: HERE

To insure your book is available - reservations suggested, 646-1639

Celebrate National Library Week! April 8-14, 2012

Celebrate National Library Week @ Ventura County Library, April 8-14, 2012!

Every day across the country, libraries open their doors to everyone: students, parents, seniors, teachers, writers, artists, job seekers, entrepreneurs, readers, gamers, movie lovers and travel buffs.

Visit your local library and let them know how important they are to you. Tuesday, April 10 is National Library Workers Day.

Website maintenance, Saturday evening, April 7, 9-11pm PDT

Maintenance on our website host servers will take place this Saturday, April 7, from 9 to 11pm PDT.

During this period, our web site at vencolibrary.org will be unavailable.

Our eLibrary page will still be available if you bookmark a direct link.

Our library catalog will still be available if you bookmark a direct link.

Thank you for your patience!

April is Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month!

Check out your Library's Dewey 811, 821, 831 (etc.) shelves or take a gander at our eLibrary Literature databases: Literature Resource Center and the literature links in Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Don't miss out! There's a way to celebrate every day of the month! Or, try out alternative forms of poetry: book spine poems, zombie haiku, rhyme, song, prose poetry and hymns.

For fun, why not sneak a peak at Crayola.com's Calendar activities to celebrate National Poetry Month?

What do YOU geek?

Public libraries across the country, including Ventura County Libraries, have seen usage numbers go up in the past few years as funding has remained stagnant or decreased. Communities rely on libraries more than ever for a diverse list of programs and services - making the library a true community center.

geek /verb
    1. To love, to enjoy, to celebrate, to have an intense passion for
    2. To express interest in
    3. To possess a large amount of knowledge in
    4. To promote

The people who work at your local library are amazing. Why don’t you ask them what they geek? You might be surprised by what you learn.
What do YOU geek?

"Libraries ... are being asked to perform a number of functions that most people probably don't associate with libraries. They really are supporting and complementing the work of other public agencies,”
 -- Larry Eichel, The Pew Charitable Trusts, in a recent article.

Libraries can do amazing things with small budgets, but they need your support! Start the conversation in your community!

Recorded Books webinar for OneClickdigital (eaudiobook) training

Did you know Ventura County Library has over 5000 eaudiobooks just waiting for you to download? And, there's no waiting: all titles are ipod compatible and available at all times! Tuesday, May 1 from 12 to 12:45pm, Recorded Books is offering a free webinar on OneClickdigital's features. You can register here.

This 45-minute program also includes a complete tour of the service and will show you how to create an account, install the OneClickdigital Media Manager, search for content, manage checkouts, and download and transfer audiobooks to listening devices.

Recorded Books will continue to provide training webinars throughout the year. As new webinars are scheduled, the dates and times will be available here (scroll to the bottom).

Spring break & Oak View Library!

Having a local stay-cation, rather than a vacation this Spring break? Check out the activities at the Oak View Library during the week of April 2nd:

To enjoy a planting activity, stop by between 2 and 4pm on Tuesday, April 3 or Thursday, April 5 to plant a seed and create a plant life-cycle wheel.

Come and play board games and solve puzzles! Available daily during open hours the week of April 2nd.

First Sunday Music at the Ojai Library Presents: Robbie Sheppard

Singer/songwriter Robbie Sheppard will perform at Ojai Library on Sunday, April 1st at 1pm

A life-long lover of music and singing, Robbie added songwriting to her talents after she discovered an abandoned guitar.  Robbie has a large repertoire of folk music and encourages her audiences to sing along.  John Wilson will accompany on bass, adding warmth and texture to Robbie's beautiful music.

For more information call the Ojai Library 646-1639.

Daylight Saving Time (DST)

Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. According to World Book Student, the chief purpose of daylight saving time is to save energy by reducing evening use of lighting.¹

Wikipedia calls DST "controversial" and cites its origins in ancient civilizations' adjustment of schedules to sunlight. What do you think?

Benjamin Franklin is often quoted as favoring daylight saving time in summer. It struck him as silly and wasteful that people should "live much by candle-light and sleep by sunshine."²

¹Petrie, Joanne. "Daylight saving time." World Book Student. World Book, 2012. Web. 9 March 2012
²Waldstreicher, David. "Franklin, Benjamin." World Book Student. World Book, 2012. Web. 9 March 2012

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